Xavier beats Georgia, improves NCAA résumé

Xavier guard Tu Holloway tries to shoot around Georgia forward Jeremy Price during Tuesday's nonconference game. Holloway led Xavier's second-half surge with 18 points in the victory.

ATHENS, Ga. --- Tu Holloway scored 18 points -- all in the second half -- and Xavier boosted its NCAA prospects with an important nonconference win, pulling away to beat Georgia 65-57 on Tuesday night.


Holloway missed all five shots in the first half but found his groove after the break, breaking down the Bulldogs with his ability to penetrate. He went 11 of 11 at the line and doled out five assists for the Musketeers (17-6).

Georgia (16-7) took a big blow when top scorer Trey Thompkins fouled out with 2:42 remaining on a disputed call.

Thompkins led Georgia with 14 points.


In Clemson, S.C., Jerai Grant had 17 points, Demontez Stitt scored 16 and Clemson held off a late Boston College rally.

The Tigers (17-7, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) looked like they had this one wrapped up after Stitt's 3-pointer made it 59-42 with 8:22 to go.

But the experienced Eagles (15-9, 5-5) put together a 12-0 run to tighten things up. Reggie Jackson hit a 3-pointer, Joe Trapani added a three-point play and Biko Paris a 3 to cut Clemson's lead to 59-54 with less than 5 minutes left.


In West Lafayette, Ind., E'Twaun Moore scored 25 points and JaJuan Johnson added 15 on his birthday to help the Boilermakers pull away from the Hoosiers.

The celebration doesn't get any better than this for the two seniors, who have helped spark a resurgence in Boilermakers basketball. They have won 100 games in their careers and it came with a fourth in a row over their most bitter rival. It's the first time since 1996-97 that Purdue (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) has taken four in a row from the Hoosiers (12-13, 3-9).


In Lexington, Ky., DeAndre Liggins tied a career-high with 19 points and Kentucky ruined Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl's return to the bench.

Josh Harrellson added 16 points as the Wildcats (17-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) broke a two-game losing streak by burying the Volunteers with a big run in each half.

Pearl was suspended for Tennessee's first eight conference games by SEC commissioner Mike Slive as punishment for lying to NCAA investigators during an ongoing probe into the school's recruiting practices.

He wore his signature creamsicle blazer but was more subdued than usual.


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